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LaughingCheese

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#1 9 years ago

Ended up getting the G50Vt-X1 (Best Buy ). AMAZING specs for the price!!

Here's some pics:

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Got it for my birthday (although I paid for most of it, the gift was the payment of the balance, which was about $300).

In the background is my 19" monitor. =p

Specs:

P8400@2.26Ghz|9800M GT 512MB|320GB HD @7200rpm|4GB RAM|15.6" @ 1366X768|OS: Vista Home Premium

Rated a 5.2 on Windows Experience Index due to the processor, everything else is 5.8 or 5.9.

VERY special thanks to all those who aided me in my search including:

Wraith Cat/Junk Angel

Kow Killer

Zamamee

BS|Archaon

jjz

Omen

Babeman

Anyone else who posted, thanks!

I'll be adding some more pics, too many of those came out blurry and just generally unclear.




iDeekz

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#2 9 years ago

Looking good dude, real nice.




Demonseed VIP Member

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#3 9 years ago

Just out of curiosity, what was the total cost on it? I've been debating a new laptop for my wife to game on, and those specs are pretty solid.




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#4 9 years ago

That does look like a very solid machine indeed, my friend. I hope that copy of Windows is 64-bit. Also, you can probably boost that rating a bit with a little overclocking, if your motherboard/BIOS allows it. Of course, it's a bit riskier with notebooks owing to the fact that everything is squished a lot tighter, but you should definitely be able to get something out of it.

@Demonseed, what sort of games are we talking about? Depending on what sort of hardware demands the games would use, you could possibly get away with considerably less. E.g. I primarily play Source engine games (TF2, L4D, HL2, CS:S, etc.), all of which run very smoothly on the laptop in my sig, which is quite a budget machine.




LaughingCheese

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#5 9 years ago

Demonseed;4815206Just out of curiosity, what was the total cost on it? I've been debating a new laptop for my wife to game on, and those specs are pretty solid.[/quote]

$949.99 plus tax, so about $1023.61.

[quote=Zamamee;4815222]That does look like a very solid machine indeed, my friend.

It is indeed, spec and build wise. :)

I hope that [is a?] copy of Windows is 64-bit.

Off hand, I'm pretty sure it is.

Except for the UAC pop ups, and MS moving everything around, I actually really like Vista.

I love the sidebar gadgets.

Also, you can probably boost that rating a bit with a little overclocking, if your motherboard/BIOS allows it. Of course, it's a bit riskier with notebooks owing to the fact that everything is squished a lot tighter, but you should definitely be able to get something out of it.

Oo, not sure I feel comfortable enough doing that.

I might on a desktop, but I'm usually satisfied with stock speed. :)

@Demonseed, what sort of games are we talking about? Depending on what sort of hardware demands the games would use, you could possibly get away with considerably less. E.g. I primarily play Source engine games (TF2, L4D, HL2, CS:S, etc.), all of which run very smoothly on the laptop in my sig, which is quite a budget machine.

It'll definitely run those games and many more, notebook check lists the 9800M GT as class ONE, so it should play all modern games.

Tom Clancy's HAWX here I come (right after I get a mouse...=p)!

Oh, any tips on getting better pictures? Thanks




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#6 9 years ago
LaughingCheese;4815293$949.99 plus tax, so about $1023.61.

That's not bad at all, I paid over 2/3 that much and this thing is CRAP for gaming. =p

Off hand, I'm pretty sure it is.

You can check that with Start > Control Panel > System. It should tell you this; it will say "System Type" just beneath the CPU and RAM.

Except for the UAC pop ups, and MS moving everything around, I actually really like Vista.

You can disable UAC. It's the first thing I did when I installed Vista. Go to Start > Control Panel > User Accounts. There's an option in there to turn User Account Control on or off. You'll have to reboot after switching.

It'll definitely run those games and many more, notebook check lists the 9800M GT as class ONE, so it should play all modern games.

Tom Clancy's HAWX here I come (right after I get a mouse...=p)!

Indeed, that's a good card. Should be right on par with, if not better than, the 8800GT in my desktop.

Oh, any tips on getting better pictures? Thanks

Try backing up and zooming in. It's clearer than just holding the camera closer. =p




LaughingCheese

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#7 9 years ago
Zamamee;4815316That's not bad at all, I paid over 2/3 that much and this thing is CRAP for gaming. =p

Bummer. :(

My friends both have Toshibas that were around this same price and only his brother has a dedicated card.

Asus FTW!!!!

You can check that with Start > Control Panel > System. It should tell you this; it will say "System Type" just beneath the CPU and RAM.

Thanks

You can disable UAC. It's the first thing I did when I installed Vista. Go to Start > Control Panel > User Accounts. There's an option in there to turn User Account Control on or off. You'll have to reboot after switching.

Oh, awesome, thanks!

Try backing up and zooming in. It's clearer than just holding the camera closer. =p

Ok, I'll try that next time.

You guys rock!=p




kow_ciller

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#8 9 years ago

Looks like a solid laptop. Love that republic of gamers emblem on there.




Demonseed VIP Member

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#9 9 years ago

Zamamee;4815222That does look like a very solid machine indeed, my friend. I hope that copy of Windows is 64-bit. Also, you can probably boost that rating a bit with a little overclocking, if your motherboard/BIOS allows it. Of course, it's a bit riskier with notebooks owing to the fact that everything is squished a lot tighter, but you should definitely be able to get something out of it.

@Demonseed, what sort of games are we talking about? Depending on what sort of hardware demands the games would use, you could possibly get away with considerably less. E.g. I primarily play Source engine games (TF2, L4D, HL2, CS:S, etc.), all of which run very smoothly on the laptop in my sig, which is quite a budget machine.

Mostly those Source games you mentioned, plus she likes to play her MMO of the month (varies, and LOTRO can be quite the resource hog). I'm currently letting her use mine, which is quite similar to yours.

As I recall, I'm on a Dell Inspiron with specs...

T7200 2.0 ghz 4GB RAM GeForce 7800GT Vista 64 Bit 80GB HDD 17.0" @ 1440x900

The hard drive is small, but I actually bought it for work usage, not gaming. The fact that it also games, well, that's just bonus.

The fact that I use mine for work is the reason I need another one, and I tend to buy things that are at least slightly future-proof. This looks like a good buy.




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#10 9 years ago

If it's mostly Source and MMO's, then even what I have will work just fine. I used to play Lord of the Rings Online in my last machine, with an AGP 6600GT.

The Dell Studio series have decent specs, the weakest usually being the graphics card. Mine has a Mobility Radeon HD 3450. Apparently in the next generation of Studios, they're going to include the 4xxx-series cards.

It'll certainly be enough to handle those sorts of games on my resolution of 1280x800. Although the laptop has other resolution options including 1440x900, and even 1920x1200, which are obviously more taxing on graphics hardware for gaming.




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